I-94 and Sheyenne Street Interchange Improvement Project (2018 - 2019)
The I-94 and Sheyenne Street interchange is fully open and operating as a modified single-point urban interchange design at exit 343 in West Fargo since early October 2019.
Sheyenne Street surrounding the interchange now carries traffic as a six-lane section with a raised median and offset left turn-lanes and a new bridge over the Sheyenne Diversion.
On Monday, November 4, 2019, the NDDOT together with the City of West Fargo and other federal, state and local officials celebrated the completion of the reconstruction of Interstate 94 (I-94) and Sheyenne Street interchange, along with the City-led Sheyenne Street corridor projects from 13th Avenue W. to 40th Avenue W.
In 2018 and 2019, NDDOT is overseeing the complete reconstruction of the Interstate 94 and Sheyenne Street interchange in West Fargo. The new Modified, Single Point, Urban interchange design will be a first for North Dakota interstate system.
New Modified, Single Point, Urban Interchange Design:
- Moves double lanes of traffic through one stoplight in the middle of the interchange on the north and south sides
- Northbound traffic will never stop at a traffic signal when entering Sheyenne Street
Work Zone Limits:
- I-94 – half mile east and west around Sheyenne Street Interchange
- Sheyenne Street – Christianson Drive to E Beaton Drive
Project work began in early May 2018. Work on the bridge over the diversion in segment two occurred during the winter months with the rest of the work on Sheyenne Street and interchange resuming April 2019.
Head-to-head traffic control on I-94 was removed in early October 2019, and the last of the new interchange ramps were open by the end of September 2019 to make the new interchange design operational. Worked continued on the remaining project work on Sheyenne Street surrounding the interchange through October/early November 2019.
A major priority for the community, pedestrian connectivity is now complete with multiuse paths from 13th Avenue W. to 40th Avenue W., along with additional driving lanes from north to south in West Fargo. As part of the City-lead project in Sheyenne Street Segment 2 project limits, a pedestrian underpass was also constructed on the north side of the Sheyenne Street and 32nd Avenue W. intersection to further support the walkability of the corridor and increase safety.
Prep work for the project began in September 2017 by building the needed interstate cross-overs on I-94. This reduced six weeks from the construction timeline for 2018 project work. These cross-overs are used to help shift traffic to head-to-head on one side of the interstate for two-years of project work.
The project work will support increased density, address safety concerns, upgrade the rural roadway, ease congestion, and add multimodal facilities to the area. Work will span over two years:
- First year: Westbound Sheyenne Street bridge was reconstructed; the North and South Sheyenne Street traffic drove on the same roadway between E Beaton Drive to Christianson Drive
- Second year: Eastbound Sheyenne Street bridge was reconstructed, on and off-ramps were constructed or lengthened, and most of Sheyenne Street is being reconstructed between E Beaton Drive to Christensen Drive
Project will Reconstruct/ Install/ Upgrade:
- Two new bridges on I-94
- Wider underpass for Sheyenne Street
- Construct a modified single-point urban interchange and additional loop ramp to improve traffic flow
- New retaining wall
- Improved pedestrian facilities – Box culverts under ramps and shared-use paths
- Traffic signals and street lighting
- Improved drainage – upgrades to lift station, storm sewer and city utility
NDDOT has funded the entire interchange project with state and federal funds. Interchange project cost is $19.1 million.
- Federal: $13.1 Million
- State: $5.5 Million
- City: $.5 Million (Drainage)
Adjacent Project Work:
The City of West Fargo is overseeing the reconstruction project from 13th Avenue W. to 40th Avenue W. Sheyenne Street work zone will stretch for about 2 miles.
In 2019, Segment 2 and 3 are currently in active construction. Work in Segment 1 was complete in 2018.
Segment 2: Two lanes of Sheyenne Street traffic is open in each direction north of 26th Avenue W. to Beaton Drive, including the use of both Sheyenne Diversion channel bridges. Sheyenne Street traffic is open to three lanes of traffic in each direction south of 26th Avenue W.
Segment 3: Sheyenne Street is closed from south of 32nd Avenue W to 40th Avenue South. Local access is maintained.
Scope of work for project segments:
This project work between 2018 – 2019 construction seasons is split into three segments.
Segment 1: 13th Avenue W. to Beaton Drive
- Construction Schedule: 2018
- Proposed Improvement: Five-lane section that includes two lanes in each direction and a center left turn lane.
Segment 2: Beaton Drive to 32nd Avenue W
- Construction Schedule: 2018 & 2019
- Proposed Improvement: Six-lane section with a raised median and offset left turn-lanes and a new bridge over the Sheyenne Diversion.
Segment 3: 32nd Avenue W. to 40th Avenue W.
- Construction Schedule: 2019
- Estimated Construction Cost: $15.3 million
- Proposed Improvements: Four-lane section with a raised median and offset left-turn lanes.
For more information, visit: WestFargoStreets.com
Nov 5 - South side of the I-94 and Sheyenne Street interchange (Point at northbound Sheyenne Street)
Nov 5 - Eastbound I-94 over Sheyenne Street
Nov 5 - Westbound I-94 over Sheyenne Street
Nov 5 - North side of the I-94 interchange and Sheyenne Street (pointed down southbound Sheyenne Street) -94 bridges
Nov 5 - Northeast corner of the interchange and ramp flow
Overview - Interchange Overview and Traffic Flow Map
Fact Sheet- Shows what traffic movements stayed the same
Fact Sheet- Shows what traffic movements changed
Future Rendering - I-94 and Sheyenne Street Interchange
Future birds-eye view - I-94 and Sheyenne Street Interchange (Modified SPUI)
2019 Project Work Map
2018 Project Work Map